The San Bernardino Symphony Orchestra has announced that Maestro Anthony Parnther has been appointed as its music director beginning with the 2019-20 season.
The selection puts an end to a two-year long international search for one of California’s oldest professional symphony orchestras.
“I am deeply honored to have been selected as the next music director of this great orchestra,” Parnther said. “I am looking forward to fully serving this community and collaborating with this world class group of musicians.”
Parnther, the leading candidate out of 10 finalists from throughout the United States and Venezuela, will become the 16th music director since the organization’s founding in 1929.
Parnther is also a prolific conductor of film, television, and video game scores. Since 2014, he has served as scoring sessions and live concert conductor for e-sports juggernaut League of Legends, which boasts more than 100 million active gamers and is the most played video game on earth. Viewership for League of Legends concerts Parnther has conducted in Beijing, Seoul, Los Angeles, and Barcelona have outpaced the World Series with more than 40 million viewers internationally.
Among a host of other recording projects this year, he collaborated with film composer Germaine Franco and conducted the Hollywood Studio Symphony on her score for the movie "Little."
Parnther has garnered considerable praise for his orchestral leadership and has performed throughout the United States, United Kingdom, Spain, China, South Korea, and Czechoslovakia over the last few years.
The award-winning maestro made his debut appearance with the San Bernardino Symphony in October 2017 to conduct Tchaikovsky’s Fourth Symphony.
Board President Dean McVay believes Parnther will bring new life to the organization.
“I am ecstatic with the selection of Anthony Parnther as our new music director. Anthony is a ‘musician’s musician.’ He speaks their language. He has the ability to draw out of each musician their very best. I look forward to collaborating with him to continue the upward trajectory our organization has begun," McVay said.